the art and imagery
of renÉ magritte 

Tuesday 10 October, 6:30pm-8pm
Alliance Francaise, Eildon Gallery
51 Grey Street, St Kilda


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A Panel of art experts will discuss the work of the Belgian artist, René Magritte and how he came to influence contemporary art, film, culture, advertising and imagery. Questions regarding Magritte's aims, imagery, aesthetics, skill, sources, techniques, meanings and methods will be addressed. This discussion coincides with the staging of the world-first exhibition René Magritte: The Revealing Image – Photos and Films at Latrobe Regional Gallery, which provides a stunning insight into the life, work and thinking of René Magritte, one of the world’s most important 20th Century artists.

Audience participation is most welcome.

The panellists include:

Dr Pierre Van Osselaer, Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of Belgium in Melbourne;

Dr Ken Wach, Associate Professor, former Principal Research Fellow and Head of the School of Creative Arts at The University of Melbourne

Dr Mark Themann, Director, Latrobe Regional Gallery;

Dr Pierre Van Osselaer, Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of Belgium in Melbourne.

Pierre Van Osselaer is a writer and multi-media artist. He writes in English and in French, and occasionally in Dutch. He holds a First Class Honours Degree, double major Film & Television and Creative Writing, from Curtin University, and a Doctoral Degree in Semiotics from Murdoch University – School of Media Communication & Culture. He is an expert in media, communication, and visual identity. Pierre taught writing practice at Curtin University and various media and communication units at Murdoch University. He moved from Perth to Melbourne in 2011 and currently teaches business and communication units for Macleay College. His works include Complexure: Recursive Reading and Emergent Meaning (thesis}; and Visual Identities (non-fiction translation). He is currently working on a book entitled Reading Image and Text. He is also working on collaborative arts projects and is investigating the potential for an online publishing. He is an expert on the works of Marcel Broodthaers with whom he collaborated from 1968 to 1976. Marcel Broodthaers collaborated extensively with René Magritte and Pierre Van Osselaer become involved in the semiotics analysis of the works of Broodthaers and Magritte in the context of issues of signs and identity.

Dr. Ken Wach is an Associate Professor, former Principal Research Fellow and Head of the School of Creative Arts at The University of Melbourne, where he taught for thirty-five years.

He has published nine international texts and 320 items of art historical research through scholarly papers in local, national and international academic journals and texts.

He wrote a catalogue paper for the major Surrealism: Revolution by Night exhibition at The Australian National Gallery in 1993 and the main chapter of the James Gleeson retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2004.  He also published three chapters for the Modern Britain 1900-1960 exhibition at the NGV in 2008; one chapter for the Geoffrey Bartlett Retrospective at the NGV in 2007; six chapters of the highly successful Salvador Dali exhibition at the NGV in 2009 and one chapter in the Ballarat International Foto Biennial in 2011 and the Indonesian Surrealism exhibition in Singapore in 2012.

Dr Mark Themann became Director, Latrobe Regional Gallery in 2015 and in this capacity aims to attract high-end contemporary art; including historical material that has affected artistic disciplines and society; and to represent the best of local and regional work.

He obtained a PhD from Monash University in 2012 and was awarded a Medal for the most significant Thesis at the university, in 2012. His past experience as a contemporary art lecturer and curator throughout Asia, Europe and the United States has expanded the gallery's potential to host exhibitions from across Victoria, Australia and overseas, of which the current René Magritte exhibition is a good example.

As a practicing artist he has published monographs with Revolver Publishing Berlin and OneStar Press Paris, and has held over 33 solo shows in USA, Europe, Australia, UK, NZ, including at AGNSW, Palais de Tokyo Paris and other globally known institutions. His works are in selected collections MOMA NY, Museum Fine Arts Houston and he is the recipient of over 27 international grants and awards.

René Magritte: The Revealing Image – Photos and Films, exhibition currently on show at Latrobe Regional Gallery until 19 November

Copies of the book, René Magritte: The Revealing Image written by Xavier Canonne who is also the curator of the exhibition are available for sale at Latrobe Regional Gallery.

Alliance Française members and students are offered the concession entry price of $15 and can purchase online or simply mention Alliance Française at the gallery upon arrival when purchasing your ticket.

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